updated 07:55 pm EDT, Mon October 5, 2009
Apple restricts necessary technology for Flash
Adobe's mobile website contains new information that directly blames Apple for preventing the company's Flash Player from being allowed onto the iPhone platform. Visitors attempting to install Flash Player on their iPhone are reminded that the project has stagnated due to Apple's rules.
"Apple restricts use of technologies required by products like Flash Player," the site reads. "Until Apple eliminates these restrictions, Adobe cannot provide Flash Player for the iPhone or iPod touch."
The company early in the year announced that over 1 billion smartphones were equipped with the Flash Lite multimedia player. An iPhone-compatible version was being created at the time, although some analysts expected trouble with Apple. Speculation suggests the software would need to utilize layers of the OS that are restricted by Apple, while others believe the issue is primarily related to excess battery drain.
It is unclear if Adobe has put iPhone Flash development on hold, awaiting a change in Apple's policy, or if it is quietly attempting to work around the restrictions. The company is still trying to woo developers, as the upcoming Flash Authoring software will enable creation of iPhone apps. The technology does not use embedded Flash, however, and apps are instead converted to an iPhone-compatible format.
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